Volunteer Opportunities

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Little Lehigh Watershed Stewards Stake & Weeding

Saturday, November 21, 9:00 am – 11 am RSVP to salderfer@gmail.com

An exciting opportunity this weekend to help out some young trees that were planted about a year and a half ago and have been left to fend for themselves ever since. There are about three dozen seedlings that were planted in a Lower Macungie Twp. open space, near the Little Lehigh, at the intersections of Spring Creek Rd and Mill Creek Rd. They were given tree tubes, but apparently the tubes were never staked. Between winds and flood waters, many are diagonal or horizontal instead of vertical.
The plan is to meet at the location at 9:00 AM this Saturday, Nov. 21, to give these trees a hand. There are a lot of weeds crowding the personal space of these little guys. So we want  to first pull the grass and weeds from their planting space to eliminate some of their competition. Then we will re-install their tree tubes using stakes that we have left over from our planting event last month. I’m going to try to get some mulch from the township to keep future weeds from having free reign around these trees. It’s not terribly strenuous work, and we should be finished by 11:00 or 11:30 depending on how many hands we have helping.
Location map is below: there are actually two separate intersections of Spring Creek Road and Mill Creek Road. We are meeting at the eastern of these two intersections, which is where about two dozen of the trees are located. After we see how many people we have present, we will send one crew to western intersection of Spring Creek & Mill Creek (this is the section of Mill Creek Rd that goes north to Lower Macungie Rd, Walmart, and Hamilton Blvd).
If you are attending, please plan on wearing a mask. You will want to bring work gloves and a shovel and/or a hand trowel to remove some of the grass surrounding the trees. And you might also want to bring a water bottle if you like to stay hydrated. The weather forecast for Saturday morning is partly sunny with a temp of 47 starting out at 9:00AM and increasing to 56 by 11:00AM. And getting warmer in the afternoon for your own yard work at home.  Please RSVP to me by Thursday evening if you expect to attend.

Bath Borough Live Stake Planting

Thursday, November 19, 2020 – 1PM to 3PM

Planting live stakes along the Monocacy with Bath Borough.

Park at Keystone Park off of Green Street in Bath. Park next to the pavilion.

We need some folks with waders, hip boots, or tall waterproof boots to help place the live stakes in the banks, so bring them if you have them. Bring your face mask and water bottle, and dress for the weather. It will likely be chilly at this time of year. And please bring your own water bottle if you’ll need something to drink.

We’ll be providing the tools and supplies, and we’ll provide some instruction on how to plant live stakes. They are an excellent way to get a root system going in eroding stream banks, and they’re very easy to plant.

Questions? Call Frank Hesch at 610-462-0697

Monocacy Creek Live Stake Planting

Saturday, November 21, 2020 – 12PM to 3PM

Live Stakes Planting Day 1 – we’ll be planting along the creek at Monocacy Way, just upstream from The Quiet Core facility at the bottom of Schoenersville Rd in Bethlehem. Many know the Quiet Core spot as the “Old Paint Mill.”

Park and meet up in the Quiet Core parking lot at 1440 Schoenersville Rd., Bethlehem 18018. This is directly across the street from St. Lukes Sports Medicine and the entrance to the Burnside Plantation.

We need some folks with waders, hip boots, or tall waterproof boots to help place the live stakes in the banks, so bring them if you have them. Bring your face mask and water bottle, and dress for the weather. It will likely be chilly at this time of year. And please bring your own water bottle if you’ll need something to drink.

We’ll be providing the tools and supplies, and we’ll provide some instruction on how to plant live stakes. They are an excellent way to get a root system going in eroding stream banks, and they’re very easy to plant.

Sunday, November 22, 2020 – 12PM to 3PM

Live Stakes Planting Day 2 – we’ll be planting at the new Gertrude Fox Conservation Area, just upstream from Center St. (Rt. 512) in Bethlehem.

Park and meet up in the parking lot on Park Place, just past the Oasis Community Center. Park Place Rd is just across Center St. From Panera.

We need some folks with waders, hip boots, or tall waterproof boots to help place the live stakes in the banks, so bring them if you have them. Bring your face mask and water bottle, and dress for the weather. It will likely be chilly at this time of year.

We’ll be providing the tools and supplies, and we’ll provide some instruction on how to plant live stakes. They are an excellent way to get a root system going in eroding stream banks, and they’re easy to plant.

We hope to see you there!

Questions? Call Jane Cook: 610-216-2322 or Michael Harrington: 610-392-1428